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Turns are very personal, everybody has their own way of doing things, one thing every male dancer needs to do to master pirouettes is practise, practise, practise! Here are my top tips to help you try and achieve your turns.
Observe– Always watch people around you in the studio, or on YouTube, or even live in a performance. If you feel they can turn, ask yourself why? What are they doing different to me?
Position and Alignment -Start off in a strong 4th position. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed between each leg, then put a little more weight on your front leg. The reason why I put more weight on the front leg is because that’s where your balance/turn is going to be. Secondly have your arms strong use your latissimus dorsi (that’s the muscle under your armpit) to push down. This will help hold your arms in place which helps stabilise the turn. When you push off for the turn you need to think of your side arm coming into first position as quickly as it can and your back foot coming into a retire at the same time. Make sure these two motions happen instantly. Lastly make sure to find and use a spot and keep your head very even and strong.
Visualisation– I personally feel visualisation can help with many dance steps. For pirouettes I would visualise my shoulder, hip, knee and demi point all in one line and then visualise many turns in the correct shape.
The key is not to spin out of control but in the same token don’t turn too slowly. Remember practise, practise, practise!!!
Make sure to join us at a Ballet Brothers workshop where pirouettes will be a focus step for the male dancer.
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Mastering Your Pirouettes
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